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Distance sensing made easy with the LIDAR-Lite from PulsedLight
When you’re building a robot, quadcopter or other project and object avoidance or distance sensing is imperative to your success, finding the right sensor can be a bit tricky. Today, we want to share a brilliant new sensor from the folks over at Pulsed Light - the LIDAR-Lite.
The LIDAR-Lite is a high-performance distance sensor that costs a fraction of what a sensor with comparable performance would usually cost.
This sensor has a range of 40 meters and uses some very clever innovations to attempt to imitate the performance of much more expensive"Time of Flight" distance sensors. The LIDAR-Lite uses an I2C communications interface, which allows multiple modules to be connected as slaves to a common communications bus. Plus, it draws only 100 milliamps peak power when taking a measurement and under 10 milliamps when idle, making the LIDAR-Lite a great option when power consumption is a concern.
Check out their crowdfunding campaign for more information on the tech behind the LIDAR-Lite and to purchase your own!